Understanding the origins of languages

Languages do not simply spring out of nowhere. From Latin to Early German to Sanskrit and beyond, languages which are no longer in use linger on in the languages we speak today. Contemporary languages feed into each other, including French and English (ahem, le weekend in French and anything ending in ‘ation’ in English), and ancient languages continue to make themselves felt. Etymologists can teach us the ins and outs of specific linguistic origins, but for now, these images can give us a broader understanding of where language comes from and how it has circulated throughout history.

Old World Languages

Proto EuropeanLanguage Tree


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